Trek Highlights

  • Scenic flight Kathmandu / Lukla.
  • Namche Bazaar doorway of Mt. Everest
  • Experience Sherpa culture and their tradition.
  • Visit Pangboche and Tengboche monastery
  • Climbing Kalapathar (5545m)
  • Spectacular and breathtaking views of Mt, Everest, Mt Lhotse and other mountains from Kalapathar.
  • Explore Namche bazzar
  • You are likely to see yaks, mountain goat, Himalayan Thar, blue sheep and pheasant
  • If you are lucky you might encounter with red panda,Snow Leopard, Musk deer and Himalayan black bear
  • Views of beautiful rhododendron and pine forests
  • Amazing walk to the ridge of Mong-La with magnificent mountain backdrops.

Trek Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek is a “dream destination” for many adventurers. This trek offers amazing views of Mount Everest and unforgettable scenery of the ‘Himalayas’. The life of mountain dwellers is vastly different from one we live in the city and is worth experiencing. To look into the heart of the villages of these people we offer an exceptional trek featuring a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters with the Sherpa people who inhabit these high altitude regions. This trek weaves through the famous Buddhist villages and monasteries of the Sherpa people while affording unparalleled views of some of the world’s highest peaks.

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Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.

Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel.

     Accommodation:  Hotel **** Shangri-La or similar

     

     

  2. Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast, we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. Out city tour expert will take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square, the traditional heart of Kathmandu and an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards and shrines. You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the glorious ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Further, you will be visiting Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world and the sacred Pashupatinath temple that lies on the bank of Bagmati River in Kathmandu. After the tour you will have ample of time to prepare for your trek and buy or rent all the required trekking equipment.

      Accommodation: Hotel **** Shangri-La or similar

      Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Trip Highlights:

    • Visit cultural Heritage sites i.e. Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath

     

  3. Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft), –Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft) 4 – 5hrs hike

    After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your 35 minutes spectacular scenic flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. After reaching at Lukla we meet our crew of cooks and porter and set off our hike to Phakding following ridge on the left bank of milky Dudh Koshi River to the village of Phakding. A beautiful vistas of the Kusum Kangraru Mountain can be seen from Phakding. The village of Phakding situated in the Dudh Koshi River valley north of Lukla.

      Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home

      Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Highlights:

    • Scenic flight by twin-otter plane to Lukla airport at the altitude of 2,840m.
    • Beautiful walk through the picturesque village.
    • Views of beautiful rhododendron and pine trees.
    • Along the way you can see several gompas, Sherpa village and mani wall
    • Splendid views of Kusumkang, Kongde Mountain.
  4. Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3,445m/11,302ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    Leaving Phakding behind and we will start today’s trek by climbing up to the traditional town of Namche Bazar which is also known as ‘gateway to Everest ‘and town of Sherpa ethnicity. Nestled in the Himalayas, Namche is considered as a centuries old trading center between Nepal and Tibet.

    After a hearty breakfast, we set out our trek following the trail continues north up the glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi River. We walk through rolling terrain, past traditional homes, cultivated fields, forests and cross bridges. Trekking half way up the hill you can see first glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse A few hours of walking will lead you to the Sherpa capital village of Namche Bazaar crossing path surrounded by pines.

    Namche is the largest town in Khumbu region, surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Dudh Koshi. This vibrant village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment can be purchased here. In addition you can see yaks roaming around the streets with magical sounds of their bells. You can enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Lhotse from the top of the hillside town.

      Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home

     Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Highlights:

    • First glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse
    • Crossing of 4 suspension bridges.
    • Explore vibrant Namche village
    • You can see yaks roam on the streets of Namche
    • Scenic beauty, deep canyon and sky-high cliffs at the backdrop is phenomenal.
  5. Day 05: Acclimatization day; Day hike to Thame village (3,750m/12,300 ft.) - 7 to 8 hrs. Hike

     

    Namche is an ideal place for acclimatization. The places of interest around Namche are remarkable and beautiful. After breakfast, we start to hike to Thame. Turning away from the main Everest trail we head out past Namche’s gompa to join a high alpine trail contouring Nepali flat style along and gently up through pine forest and meadows to the village of Thame. From here it’s another couple of hours to reach Thame village. In the afternoon we retrace back to Namche for overnight.

      Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home

      Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Highlights:

    • Visit gompas and view of mountain like Tashi Lapcha Pass
    • You can see Mani walls and various kinds of animals and birds such as yak, mountain goat, blue sheep and pheasant on the way.
    • View of Nambola, the way to Tibet.
  6. Day 06: Namche – Tashinga (3,450m/11,318ft) 5hrs walk

    After having hearty breakfast, we leave Namche on the trail contouring the hillside high above the Imja Koshi. You can enjoy an amazing views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse and also the beautifully shaped Ama Dablam also known as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Once we reach Tashinga and refresh ourselves in the lodge with views down the valley.

      Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge

      Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Highlights:

    • Incredible views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse and Ama Dablam
    • Bird’s eye view of valley from Tashinga
    • Pass numerous prayer flags and mani stones and chortens.
    • Follow a spectacular path that traverses around the hillside high above the Imja Koshi
  7. Day 07: Tashinga – Pangboche (3,875m/12,713ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    Today we will trek to our final destination towards this direction as we will be returning downwards from there. The trail descends steeply down the DudhKoshi River, where we will cross the river and continue to Phungi Tenga and climb through rhododendron forest until we reach Tengboche by late morning. Tengboche monastery is the most important gompa in the Sherpa region. Every October, Tengboche Monastery hosts the vibrant Mani Rimdu festival, which is celebrated every year after the full moon of autumn with religious gathering, songs, dances, enactments of legends. Visitors are also welcomed to participate in the festivities. We will explore the area and its awesome panoramic views of the Himalayan giants and Everest before making the descent to Imja Khola River and the lovely village of Pangboche.

      Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge

     Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

    Highlights:

    • Walk through shaded forest of rhododendron trees.
    • Visit Tengboche monastery
    • Enjoy the view of Everest
    • Stay at picturesque Pangboche village
    • May spot native musk deer and pheasants

     

  8. Day 08: Pangboche – Pheriche (4,240m/13,901ft) 4 – 5hrs hike

    We start our trek with an early breakfast leaving from Pangboche behind. The trail climbs steadily upwards passing through broad open alpine pasture as you reach the crest of each short section of climbs the views before you open up again.

    Once we cross the river it is a very nice easy walk along to the village of Pheriche where we stay the night. Pheriche is made up of many lodges, teahouses and shops and the Himalayan Rescue Association (“HRA”) clinic is located here. We will accommodate at a lodge here in Pheriche.

    Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge

    Meal:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Highlights:

    • Beautiful alpine meadow
    • Spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam
    • Pheriche was mainly a farming village raising potatoes and buckwheat, and keeping yaks.
  9. Day 09: Acclimatization and Rest day

    The Everest Base Camp Trek has now gained the altitude above 4,000m. Hence, today we have an acclimatization day. A morning excursion for acclimatization will be conducted after breakfast. Pheriche is the also a great village for acclimatizing where there are great option to hike to the Island Peak and Chhukung Village. After hike we will walk back to Dingboche for lunch. Then we can hike further to the hill behind Pheriche for a wonderful view of the Himalayas and retrace back to Pheriche for overnight.

      Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge

      Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Highlights:

    • Enjoy the magnificent views of snowcapped mountain
  10. Day 10: Pheriche– Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    After an early breakfast, we start our trek to Lobuche. From Dingboche the trail goes uphill gradually along a plateau of yak herder shelters, which is an amazing trek, beautiful walk where mountains like Cholatse, Lobuche and Pumari unfolds before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. After 2 ½ of hours gradual walk, we will reach to Thughla. From here, the trail goes directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier before turning left just past the climber and Sherpa memorial. Further the trail descends gradually and flows to the western side until we reach to the valley of Lobuche.

      Accommodation : Teahouse Lodge

      Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Highlights:

    • Spectacular view of snowcapped mountains like Everest, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumari and several other peaks
    • View of beautiful Khumbu Glacier
    • Past Sherpa memorial
    • The views of mountain peaks like Khumbutse, the Mahalangur Himal, Lingtren and the Pumori from the moraine are marvelous.
  11. Day 11: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,288m/17,349ft) 3hrs – Everest base camp (5,360m/17,585ft) 4–5 hrs hike

    Today is the main day as we summit Everest Base Camp (EBC). After breakfast, we prepare ourselves and walk along the rocky terrain alongside the Khumbu glacier to EBC. Leaving Lobuche, the trail to Gorak Shep is extraordinary through the rocky moraine undulating trail. After a light lunch at Gorak Sep we continue to walk to Everest base camp. The trail is mainly on rocky moraine before traversing over on to the glacier. You can see spectacular view of the notorious Khumbu icefall from the base camp. After spending some times in the base camp we then descend back to Gorak Sep.

     Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge

      Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Highlights:

    • View of Khumbu glacier
    • The sight of the Khumbu Icefall and the view of the Khumbutse and Lingtren mountains are quite heavenly.
  12. Day 12: Gorak Sep – Kalapathar (5,545m/18,192ft) 3hrs hike – Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) 3– 4hrs hike

    ‘Kala’ means black and ‘pathar’ rock, together being ‘Kalapathar’ or Black rock. After breakfast, we climb this black rock located just above Gorak Sep. Today’s trek can be tough and freezing cold as the place is very windy, the epic climb to Kalapathar is not easy. 

    However, the view from the top surpasses the wildest imaginations, views of Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,000ft) including the full spread of Khumbu Himalayas; truly an unobstructed view of the highest mountain in the world.

    Alongside, Mt. Pumori looks great close up. As the sunset, the views are more colourful. Kalapattar is one of the prime highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek. After our successful climb we then descend to Lobuche as we rest our night there.

      Accommodation : Teahouse Lodge

      Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Highlights:

    • Magnificent views of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, and the entire Khumbu Glacier
    • Beautiful sunrise view from Kalapathar
  13. Day 13: Lobuche – Pangboche (3,875m/12,713ft) 6hrs hike

    After an early breakfast we will leave Lobuche behind and take descend trail past the Sherpa memorials to Thughla and then follow the lower trail to Pheriche. Shortly after leaving Pheriche we cross a bridge over the Khumbu River and rejoin the trail that we took to Dingboche on Day 8 and trek towards Pangboche. After few more hours of walk we will reach the village of Pangboche.

      Accommodation : Everest Summit Lodge

      Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Highlights:

    • Beautiful views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam
    • Picturesque farm land of potatoes and buckwheat,
    • Encounter with yaks along the way.

     

     

  14. Day 14: Pangboche – Namche Bazar (3,445m/11,302ft) 6 – 7hrs hike

    Today we head back to Namche, after a climb through the rhododendron forest to Tangboche we descend the river at Phunki Tenga and cross the bridge. Further we trek steady ascending trail to Namche Bazar. Once we reach at Namche we get some rest and prepare ourselves for tomorrows trek to Lukla.

      Accommodation :Yeti Mountain Home

      Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Highlights:

    • Encounter with musk deer, yaks, mountain goat and pheasants
    • Walk through rhododendron forests
  15. Day 15: Namche Bazar – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft) 7 – 8hrs hike

    After breakfast we descend to Monjo. We continue to descent to the Dudh Koshi valley through the villages of Phakding, Ghat and Cheplung. At Chaurikharka we start climbing the final hill of the trek to reach Lukla.

      Accommodation : Everest Summit Lodge

      Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Highlights:

    • Traverse a suspension bridge.
    • Pass through chortens, prayer flags, Mani-stone walls and small Gompas line the villages and the trail.
    • The Dudh Koshi River flows by and enhances a beautiful atmosphere to the natural setting.
    • Retrace down the way through the rhododendron forest

     

     

  16. Day 16: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,302m/4,270ft) 35mins flight

    We will have an early breakfast and fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. You will then be accompanied to your hotel and have time to take rest and relax after a long amazing trek.

    Accommodation:   ****Hotel Shangri-La or similar

     Meal:  Breakfast

    Highlights:

    • Exhilarating flight over forests, fields and villages with the Himalayas at the background
  17. Day 17: Leisure day in Kathmandu

    It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on scheduled date and time or we can organize you a guided day tour in or around Kathmandu. You can spend your leisure time by shopping souvenir for your beloved ones or simply relax after exhausting but momentous adventure.

     Accommodation : **** Hotel Shangri-La or similar

     Meal:  Breakfast

  18. Day 18: Fly Back Home

    It is time to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying experiences of Nepal in mind.

    The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check-in 3 hours prior your scheduled flight.

     Meal:  Breakfast

Fast Facts

  • Max altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft
  • Trek destination: Everest Base Camp
  • Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
  • Accommodation in the best selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
  • Thrilling Mountain Flight to Lukla
  • The highest mountain on earth (Mt. Everest 8848m)
  • Stunning views of Himalaya, Khumbu ice fall, Makalu, Mt Everest, etc
  • Trekking through Sherpa villages, learning and experiencing their ethnic culture
  • Fauna found through the trail: wild – Snow Leopard, Musk deer, wild yak, Himalayan black bear
  • Mount Everest is the home of “black jumping spider”. It has been found at altitudes as high as 6700 meters above sea level.
  • Major plants that are found including birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo, wild rose, rhododendron, and hemlock etc.
  • Various  types high elevation mushroom and herbal plants also found in Everest base camp trek trails.
  • The home of Sherpa people and the mysterious Yeti.

What's Included

  • Airport transfers,
  • Internal flight Ktm-Lukla-Ktm
  • Four nights Hotels**** in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Accommodation in Luxury lodges up to Pangboche and Tea house lodges above Pangboche
  • Trek Permits & National Park Fee,
  • Staff insurance on the trek,
  • Trek guide & porter
  • Duffel bag
  • Information pack including Map
  • Guided sightseeing of Kathmandu with entrance fees

 

What's not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and on trek
  • Beverages
  • Personal equipment,
  • Personal bills,
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage beyond 15 kilo including day pack
  • Visa fee: US$ 25 for 15 days and US$ 40 for 30 days multiple entry
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects),
  • Tips

Reviews

Solo Female Trekker from the USA 

I just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Nepal.

Before I started reading about the many magnificent places to be explored I thought Nepal was all high altitudes and snowy mountains.

After deciding the level of trekking I thought I could manage (I’m 67 years old) and the various villages and town I wished to explore, I contacted Nepal Sanctuary Treks, a small, environmentally sensitive group, and discussed various options with them.  Tulsi, the owner of the company, made all arrangements for hotels, lodges, tours, treks and transportation.

Since I was traveling on my own, it was very important to me that I have a reliable guide and safe accommodations.  After contacting other people who had done both individual and group treks with Tulsi, I felt very secure with the arrangements and the itinerary he had devised.

Three very different but relatively easy treks were developed specifically for me:  The first, a four night trek around the Kathmandu valley- Kathmandu Rim Trek, provided beautiful views of the valley and central Himalayas.  The lodges were very comfortable, with private baths and excellent meals.  This trek never exceeded 5,000 feet.  The second, a five night trek around the Annapurna Mountains afforded even more spectacular scenery and although the trekking lodges were more basic, all were clean and cozy, serving tasty and varied foods.  Although this trek reached altitudes of over 9,000 feet, the ascent was gradual and very manageable.

The last trek took me to the Everest area where I spent 10 memorable days enjoying the varied scenery, picturesque villages and snowcapped peaks.  In this trek we reached elevations of 12,800 feet but again the ascent was gradual and two different days were spent acclimatizing.

My guide for all treks was Lakpa Sherpa, a very pleasant young man who spoke excellent English and took care of me as he would his mother.  Whether it was pointing out special sights, assisting me along the more difficult sections of trail, arranging for my food and lodging or explaining the customs and culture of the various tribes, he was always there for me, anticipating my every need.

Besides the treks, I also visited Chitwan National Park, Palaces, Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha and many temples and shrines.

The total, including all transportation in Nepal, lodging and most meals was under $3000 for the 6 weeks, a real bargain.  Treks by themselves are priced even better.

Tulsi takes a special interest in all his clients, taking them to his home for a typical Nepali meal, keeping in close contact with the guides during all treks and travels and making sure everything goes as anticipated.  When he asked me to critique my trip, all I could say was that it exceeded all expectations and I can’t wait to return for a repeat visit.

Nepal is a very safe and friendly country.  I never had the slightest concern about going out at night in the towns or for my safety during the treks.

Anyone interested in planning a trip of any length can contact Tulsi at sanctuary@mail.com.np or gtulsi@wlink.com.np or check out the web sites at www.nepalsanctuarytreks.com

 

 

 

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Carol Staley , U.S.A, Woodacre, CA. 94973

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